Prepare for adverse weather conditions
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) has issued an Adverse Weather Alert #1 – Yellow Level for Trinidad and Tobago for the period Thursday 01st November, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. to Friday 02nd November, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Yellow level means that there is the potential for negative impacts. However, the damage can be avoided if persons monitor conditions and reduce their level of exposure.
The TTMS has advised that there is a 70 percent (%) chance of heavy showers or thunderstorms during the period, due to the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). Rainfall accumulations of 35 - 50 mm can be expected, with higher amounts in isolated areas. This may lead to street/flash flooding as well as landslides/landslips in areas so prone.
Gusty winds can also be experienced in the vicinity of heavy downpours.
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), calls on all citizens to be extra vigilant and to take the necessary steps to preserve life and property.
The ODPM would like residents and visitors to ‘Get Ready and Stay Ready’ by implementing the following safety measures:
1. Pre-position sandbags around your property, especially if your area or property has a history of flooding;
2. After heavy rainfall, stay inside until water levels have subsided;
3. Do not walk, play or drive through flood waters of unknown depth and current;
4. If you must walk through a flood, use a stick to determine the firmness of the ground as well as the depth of the water in front of you;
5. Be cautious when walking /driving along hillsides or landslide-prone areas;
6. If there are signs that flooding is about to occur near your property, move important items to a higher floor if possible;
7. If impacted by the adverse weather, please contact your Municipal Corporation or the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) through its toll-free hotline numbers.
Citizens should continue to monitor the website and social media profiles of the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service and the ODPM for weather forecasts, alerts, warnings and cancellations. Visit www.metoffice.gov.tt or wwww.odpm.gov.tt.
WE WISH TO UNDERSCORE THAT TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO IS NOT CURRENTLY UNDER ANY TROPICAL STORM OR HURRICANE THREAT, WATCH OR WARNING.